We have learned a lot about how skin cancer forms. The skin has several layers and kinds of cells. The outermost part of the skin is called the epidermis. It is where most skin cancers start. Here you find three kinds of cells: flat, scaly cells on the surface called squamous cells; round cells called basal cells; and cells called melanocytes, which give your skin its color. These three cell types each can develop a distinctive type of cancer. The type of cancer is named after the cell- Squamous cell carcinoma , Basal Cell Carcinoma or Melanoma . Basal cell carcinoma is less serious than the other two types of skin cancer. While it rarely metastasizes it will cause extensive local damage if not treated.
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